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The impact of organisations representing children and young people in public care in the UK

Evans, Helen (2013). The impact of organisations representing children and young people in public care in the UK. Dialogue in Praxis: A Social Work International Journal, 2 (15)(1-2(24-25)) pp. 59–72.

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Abstract

This article traces the impact of advocacy organisations which have been established in the UK to represent young people and children who have spent time in public care. Throughout the twentieth century, abuse scandals came to light which exposed structural deficits in the care ‘system’ and highlighted the vulnerability of young people in the care of the state. Adopting an historical perspective and drawing on interviews with personnel working in the service user-led organisations which emerged in response to these scandals as well as archives, recent literature and policy documents, this paper examines the progress which has been made in giving young people in care a voice and protecting them. The concluding discussion avers that, whilst the initiatives and campaigns of these grassroots organisations have met with some political acknowledgement in each of the countries and there are now good models of empowerment, the direct impact of advocacy organisations is variable and subject to a collocation of factors.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana
ISSN: 2232-3953
Keywords: de-institutionalisation; care experience; advocacy; power; participation; empowerment
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 40148
Depositing User: Helen Evans
Date Deposited: 15 May 2014 08:17
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2018 12:45
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40148
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